Had a chance to talk to Leandro Barbosa about the evolution of his old friend Amare Stoudemire.
Some eyebrows were raised when the Knicks inked Amare Stoudemire to a five-year deal worth almost $100 million US this of-season.
But Stoudemire has been full value so far, leading the team to a 12-9 start, which includes seven road wins in a row.
New York hasn’t done that since Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley were roaming the paint back in the 1994-95 season.
New York had 11 road wins all of last season.
With Stoudemire leading the charge, New York has rebounded from a 3-8 start with a 9-1 run.
Stoudemire had 31 points and 16 rebounds against the Raptors on Sunday, pushing his season totals to the 25 point, 9 rebound a game range.
Always a major piece in Phoenix, but never a vocal leader, Stoudemire has stepped up as a Knick.
Playing inspired ball at both ends of the floor and constantly chirping at his mates, it has become readily apparent that the
team’s biggest acquisition in years is clearly the squad’s main man.
Raptors guard Leandro Barbosa, Stoudemire’s long-time teammate, said the difference is noticeable.
“I would say it’s his team,” Barbosa said.
“He’s been talking a lot (and) everybody’s been following him.”
When Stoudemire wasn’t letting his teammates know how he felt on Sunday about miscues or positive plays, he was giving the officials a piece of his mind, leading to a technical foul late in the first half.
Judging by the way Stoudemire is directing his team, it is clear he learned more from Steve Nash than just how to play the game.